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Eric Kesley
Eric infobox

Japanese Name

エリク・ケスリー

Romanized Name

Eriku Kesurī

Nickname(s)/Alias(es)

Rick (りく Riku)

Debut

Chapter 2 (light novel 7);
Chapter 11 (manga)

Voice actor

N/A

Status

Alive

Eric Kesley is an art student and Charlotte’s childhood friend. He is present in the Book of Wisdom II story.

Background[]

Eric is Charlotte’s friend since they were kids. However, her parents start to forbid their relationship, worrying about her immature mentality and the status of the family. Eric is an art student, enrolled in a university in the capital, inspired by Charlotte’s talent. He lives at an old part of the city, in a cluttered area that seems like a scenery from the Middle Age. In their childhood, Eric and Charlotte discussed about their dream of seeing colorful, sweet-flavored snowflakes falling from the sky.[1]

Personality[]

He sees Charlotte as a sister and worries about her happiness. He notices how Charlotte’s parents are selfishly using their daughter for their own advantage. For this reason, he tries to take Charlotte away and stop the W Machine experiment. His resolve to help Charlotte is strong, to the point of missing his art classes and refusing to give up even after attacked by an international agent and by Mr. Edgecumbe. Eric is gentle, polite and popular among the children that live next to his house. His place smells ink, indicating his passion for painting.[1]

Appearance[]

Eric is a thin, young man. He wears a coat and a grey beret cap. During the events of the Book of Wisdom II, he’s covered with bruises and scars.[1] He has straight, short hair, as seen in the manga adaptation. In this version, he carries a satchel containing Charlotte’s sketchbook. A bandage covers his left cheek. After he’s captured by Norman, Eric is seen without his coat, revealing suspenders over his white shirt. He leaves the W Machine site without his hat.[2]

Plot[]

Light novel[]

Eric appears out of breath, looking for Charlotte. He apologizes for the inconvenience. She was asking for one of Dalian’s crepe. He affirms that they should go back, since Charlotte's parents are worried about her. Mr. Edgecumbe finds them and swings his walking stick, beating Eric badly. The latter wanted to take Charlotte away. Charlotte interrupts the fight. Eric is not moving. Mr. Edgecumbe throws some coins to pay for his medical treatment and drags Charlotte back.

Charlotte working

Eric reveals that Charlotte is involved with the government.

Eric uses Hugh’s shoulder as support. Hugh recommends a doctor. They are going to Eric’s place. Eric would provide accommodation as a payment for involving Hugh and Dalian in trouble and spoiling Dalian’s crepes. When they arrive, Eric opens the windows to dissipate the smell of paintings. While cleaning the messy house, he explains how the city is crowded with government officers and scientists involved in an experiment. He shows one of Charlotte’s painting, revealing how talented she is. Eric was absent from the art college because of Charlotte. He was studying to achieve a fraction of her skill. Eric became worried after her personality changed and she started writing technical papers and negotiating with the government. Dalian mentions the letter she received. Eric identifies Charlotte’s handwriting. When Eric shows her sketchbook, Hugh and Dalian realize that the Book of Wisdom was read once again.

Hugh and Dalian return to Eric’s place after their meeting with Charlotte. He should have been waiting for them, but the lights are off. Eric is found tied up, with his mouth covered. An international agent had interrogated Eric and was trying to use him to obtain more information about the meteorological weapon Charlotte was developing. Eric's face is bruised and his skin pale. When Norman leaves with the restrained agent, Eric cries, sad about the situation Charlotte is involved.

Charlotte and Eric (2)

Eric is relieved seeing Charlotte happy.

The next day, during the W Machine preparations, Charlotte wonders where Eric is He’s caught by soldiers while trying to destroy the device. Charlotte’s parents argue with him, affirming that their daughter changed. She's not immature anymore. Eric affirms that they are not concerned about Charlotte’s happiness, but about their own honor. Eric’s resolve makes Mr. Edgecumbe unable to answer. When Charlotte is shot by Cecy, Eric frees himself to check on his friend. He laughs after seeing the snowflakes created by the W Machine. Eric realizes that Charlotte never changed and that she's was only trying to make their childhood dream come true.[1]

Manga[]

Eric is called by Charlotte. He enters her room through a window. He's wounded, but he's happy to be with her. Charlotte’s parents had tried to stop him from seeing Charlotte. The latter sends Eric to the Black Biblioprincess,. Charlotte has a book for Dalian. Later, Eric appears wounded at the gates of the Disward estate, asking for help. While Hugh is driving, Eric explains Charlotte’s situation and change in personality. He apologizes when pursuers start to shoot them. The government officers believe that Eric is a spy looking for confidential information. Dalian uses the Indra to stop the pursuers.

Eric is seen again when Norman forces Charlotte to continue working for the country. Norman was threatening Eric and Charlotte’s parents. A soldier guides a wounded Eric to the top of the tower. Seeing her friend badly wounded, Charlotte screams, releasing the hidden power of the Book of Wisdom. Rasiel and the Professor show up to confront Hugh and Dalian. When the power of the Loge’s giant is released by the Professor, Dalian uses the Book of Styx to protect Eric and Charlotte. Eric and Charlotte leave the old tower and find Mr. and Mrs. Edgecumbe. The latter asks for Eric’s forgiveness. The flames are approaching. Eric turns the W Machine on to extinguish it.[2]

References[]

Characters

Biblioprincesses

Dalian - Flamberge - Rasiel

Key-keepers

Hugh Anthony Disward - Hal Kamhout - Professor

Recurring characters

The Girl in the Bookshelf - Wesley Disward - Kamilla Sauer Keynes - Jessica Elphinstone - Shura Irmania - Armand Jeremiah - The Perennial Wisdom's Owner - Oliver Grosseteste - Mithril - Hugh's mother - Hugh's father - Natalia - Hal's beloved - Miss Roedean

Creatures and machines

Atlantic Rim - Automaton - Beast of Ashwell - Book of Royal Power - Branches of Relationship - Broken Wings - Dantalian - Dead Book - Ghost train - Golem - Guignols - Guillemot - Heath - House-elf - Kasuruhau - Logbook - Loge's giant - Musical automaton - Pioneer Plant - The Harlequinade's creatures - Ras Alhague monster - Scarlet Robe - Sea devils - Steam Giant - The Queen of the Night - W Machine - Winged women - Wooden dolls - Zombies

Dalian Days

Priscilla Riley - Cecil Patreina - Margaret Manschwell

Others

Male Characters - Female Characters
Phantom Book Users - Deceased Characters
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